"The state has been saddled with this poorly managed, uneconomic dinosaur for far too long, enduring environmental damage and the persistent threats to public health and safety that come with operating a nuclear power plant well beyond its planned life."
-- Sandra Levine, a Senior Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation in Vermont. "We will remain vigilant to ensure that the decommissioning is done responsibly and in the safest way possible."
-- Deb Katz, Citizen Awareness Network
"We are committed to making this site reusable as soon as possible. We're also committed to helping the workers, Vernon and Windham County in this transition."
-- Christopher Recchia, Vermont Public Service Department commissioner
"It is clear that Vermont should continue on its path to modernize our grid to facilitate distributed energy sources and stimulate the creation of affordable, clean, and local power from our farms and forests, our rivers, our sun and wind."
-- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
"In the coming months and years, the legislature will work with the Administration, Windham County leaders and others to assist employees of the plant and the surrounding communities during this transition period."
-- Speaker of the House Shap Smith
"The closure will allow Vermont to focus on leading the nation toward safer and more economical sources of sustainable and renewable energy like solar, wind, geothermal and biomass."
-- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
"The final chapter for Vermont Yankee begins today. But for our state's clean energy future, this is just the beginning."
-- Vermont Public Interest Research Group Director Paul Burns
"While they may pretend its financials reasons, I think we all know that the real Yankees of Vermont who care about a safe energy future made this happen."
-- Naomi Leary, Toxics Action Center
"Every precaution must be taken to insure public and worker safety during the decommissioning, and to insure that we do not leave a public safety nightmare for future generations of Vermonters."
-- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
"The closure of Vermont Yankee will be a serious blow to Vermont's economy and future, and will highlight the fundamental failures in Vermont's energy policies. Vermont's economy -- the welfare of working Vermonters and their families -- will be paying the price for years to come."
-- Associated Industries of Vermont
"The plant's owners have been increasingly isolated and alienated from state policy leaders, electric utilities and the public. The company faced continued uncertainty in the state regulatory environment I would argue and the company's inability to navigate Vermont's social, economic and policy culture I think also plays into this."
-- Richard Watts, Director, Center for Research on Vermont, and author of "Public Meltdown: the Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant."
"High-paying jobs are few and far between in Vermont; we now run the risk of seeing many highly skilled employees who work at Vermont Yankee leave our state. Job loss numbers as high as predicted in this situation are not anything a region can plan for."
-- Lt. Governor Phil Scott
"Each day of news from the widening catastrophe in Japan brings a grim reminder that this design is inherently dangerous and fundamentally flawed, a known fact since the first day Vermont Yankee came on line in 1972."
-- Paul Gunter, director of reactor oversight for Beyond Nuclear.
"The announcement today by Entergy that it will shutter the troubled Vermont Yankee reactor is the latest -- but certainly not the last -- domino to fall for the failing U.S. nuclear power industry. Entergy, the nation's second largest nuclear operator, already had started reorganizing its nuclear assets and slashed related staffing."
-- Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
"I think anybody who looked at this thoughtfully realized that closing the plant is not the last step. It's the first step."
-- Rep. Dick Marek, D-Newfane.
"What I really want to do is use this opportunity to build a better relationship with Entergy ... we're going to work together on the common challenge that we have."
-- Gov. Peter Shumlin
"You don't replace 630 jobs. It's kind of a pipe dream to think you're going to take these highly paid, highly trained people and retrain them."
-- Rep. Mike Hebert, R-Vernon
"We've weathered those storms, and we'll weather this one, too."
-- Rep. Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney
"We are going to continue as we always have. As long as there is any kind of risk at the plant we will continue to work on an emergency plan."
-- Mark Bosma, public information officer for Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
"My concern is for the people who are going to be losing their jobs and for a community that's losing a major employer. I think the state of Vermont has an obligation here. I think there is an obligation to put a special focus on Windham County."
-- state Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham County
"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission must now take a vigilant role in ensuring that the plant is safely decommissioned and the site returned to usable status as quickly as possible. This closure provides a potential opportunity as we look for ways to advance Vermont's energy future and to find new jobs for Vermont Yankee employees."
-- U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.
"Over the years, we have had the opportunity to get to know many of the hard-working, skilled professionals of Vermont Yankee and have witnessed their dedication to ensuring the extremely safe operation of Vermont Yankee. We have every confidence they will continue to operate the plant at the utmost levels of safety.
-- Guy Page, communications director for the Vermont Energy Partnership
"This is a tragic day for hard-working people in Vermont, and for the IBEW's brothers and sisters at Vermont Yankee in particular. For too long, too many Vermont elected officials have been hostile to business, to private jobs, and played games with the welfare of the employees at Vermont Yankee. What became of Vermont's moto - Buy Local? We just helped sell our fellow brothers and sisters down the Connecticut River."
-- Jeffrey C. Wimette, Business Manager & Financial Secretary IBEW, Local Union 300